This Week In News – Marvel News, That Raid Remake

The new era of superhero films all gives us a origin story, Batman Begins, Captain America, Iron Man. Marvel is trying something different this time around for Phase 3. Doctor Strange isn’t giving us an origin story, rather they giving it to us already established. Heres what Devin Faraci from Badass Digest had to say:

Doctor Strange, they had a script in house forever….It’s a pretty standard origin story for Doctor Strange, it’s gotta Baron von Mordo as the bad guy. That’s all gone. Marvel’s new thing is no more origin stories. So Doctor Strange’s movie no longer has an origin. It begins in media res, it’s got Doctor Strange all ready established as The Sorcerer Supreme. It’s a totally new script. Jon Spaiths is working totally new, on his own, without any of the previous stuff. They’re not even touching the previous script….This is not going to be 20 minutes of him as a doctor.

Its a refreshing pace personally. We waste a lot of time going through the steps setting up a character when we can jump head first into important plot details that are pivotal to the MCU’s storyline.


Ant Man director Peyton Reed, Ant Man has started production reportedly in San Francisco.


Marvel’s official statement announces that John Slattery, Bobby Cannavale, rapper T.I., Abby Ryder Fortson,Wood Harris, and Gregg Turkington have been added along with Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, Evangeline Lilly to Ant-Man’s cast.


In other news Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes is preparing to remake the underground hit, The Raid. According to Hughes,

Certainly, we’re not there to recreate that film beat for beat, with the set up we’re following a DEA task team, which was implemented by the Bush administration after September 11th when they realized that terrorism and the drug trade were so closely aligned. So they set up a DEA task team that’s six units and they work across borders and sort of act like Navy SEALS. You never read about it, you never hear about it, but they go on these missions. So that’s a really interesting take and a really nice premise and also what’s interesting on this take on it is the clash of cultures and the clash of martial arts, the fighting styles, which is something that’s going to be a lot of fun when we’ve really started pre-vizzing stuff.

Its quite a departure from the original, yet I personally still find it needless. Only time will tell how Hughes’ Raid will look once its near post production.

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